Articles Categorized in: Resonator Guitar Reviews

Review of the Classic Cantabile Acoustic Series RS-1 Resonator Guitar

Growing up in Chattanooga with 3 older brothers, all Blues musicians, I guess it comes as no surprise that I was known as the “Blues Tomboy” from a very young age. My very first guitar was an acoustic Yamaha – birthday present when I turned 10, and from there on I´ve been saving and collecting guitars. I eventually was lucky enough to find a job working in a music store, surrounded by all the guitars I could ever want to...
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Review of the Ashbury AR-38 Resonator Guitar

How I grabbed the AR-38 for less than £300! One of my flat mates is a semi-professional surfer who lives for 2 things: catching waves and playing guitar. He´s always trying to get me to watch surfing movies with him but I really don’t have much interest. A few months ago I came home one evening with a DVD on my bed with a note saying “check out the soundtrack”. He knows I´m a big Blues fan so I figured...
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Review of the Regal RC-2 Duolian Resonator Guitar

Is the Regal RC-2 Worth Buying? One of the best resonator guitars out there relative to the price, the Regal RC-2 Duolian provides quality tone and good craftsmanship and enables you to find that 30’s resonator sound made famous by the likes of Son House and Bukka White. The Duolian-style is a nickel-plated steel body and comes with a rosewood fingerboard, has a adjustable truss rod and has a die-cast 15:1 ratio machine heads that tunes the strings securely and...
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How to Set Up a Resonator Guitar

When you have purchased a resonator guitar, particularly one that is pre-used, the question of how to set it up is frequently asked. To sound its best a resonator guitar needs to be setup correctly. This effectively means making sure that the saddle, spider bridge, cone and soundwell interact together correctly. When you first set up a resonator guitar, it’s worth fitting a new set of strings. Next check out the cone. No other component will destroy the sound of a...
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Review of the Gretsch G9231 Squareneck Bobtail Resonator Guitar

Although this is made under the Gretsch name, it is actually made in China. It’s not the loudest resonator around but the sound is generally pretty good. It comes with a Fishman Nashville Series Spider-Style Resophonic Pickup and overall the sound is nicely balanced. The pickup has piezo-ceramic elements installed in split saddles. The result is a hugely consistent sound. Beard guitars called this pickup : “An awesome blend of warmth and clarity…the best pickup we’ve ever installed.”  Most users...
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Review of the Regal RD-40S Squareneck Resonator Guitar

This is a really nice example with a unique sound. The low notes growl out at you and the higher notes are nicely pitched with excellent sound levels.  It’s also well set up if you want to learn slide and the looks are phenomenal………I like it so much that it’s probably my favourite looking resonator. It’s the kind of guitar that looks even better the more it is played and would not look out of place with a good street...
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Review of the Regal RC-51 Tricone Guitar

This is a really nice tricone guitar with a superb sound. It has an impressive array of technical details, including: a bell brass body which is nickel plated and spun aluminium cones. Made by regal dobros & resonators – who have been building the resonator guitar since the 1920s. mahogany neck with truss rod that is adjustable with a rosewood fingerboard Pearloid peghead overlay with unique inchart-deco design graphic Despite having no reviews on Amazon.co.uk, this is a great resonator...
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